As fans we can only imagine how big of an honour it is to play for Manchester United, but in recent years players have done so without being successful. It goes without saying that there has been more lows than highs.
It looks like that will change under Erik ten Hag if the Dutchman is given time and backing in the transfer market. Hopefully, the current group of players can continue the progress they are showing and get United back to winning trophies.
A trophy has not been lifted by United in six years. That is why I am encouraged by what I have seen in the Carabao Cup, FA Cup and Europa League. No weakened XIs as Ten Hag attempts to win every match in a reckless manner.
For instance, the last trophy won was the Europa League in 2017, which amounts to our worst trophy drought for over 40 years.
After United’s 3-1 win over Everton in the FA Cup third-round, Diogo Dalot was asked about the trophy drought and admitted the players are hungry to deliver silverware.
“We know it’s a tough journey to go to Wembley, so we want to go step by step, game by game and today we had a tough challenge, but I think we did what we had to do and we went through [to next round],” Dalot told beIN Sports, as quoted by the Manchester Evening News.
“It’s our goal to reach finals, to play for tournaments, to win trophies. I think we’re making progress and today was one step further for us in this competition. We play for one of the biggest clubs in the world and we have to be hungry for that [end trophy drought].
“We are completely focused on winning trophies because this is what this club is about, it has to become an obsession for us. I think the fans deserve a trophy, it’s been a long time without seeing it and I think for us players we have a good chance this season.
“We used to say we have a good chance to put Manchester United back on top and fighting for trophies – we want to do that.”
Dalot started his first game for United since the World Cup last night but it was far from one of his best performances.
The Portuguese full-back has been one of our most improved players this season.